IFlyVeryLittle wrote:I realize the early-days-of-aviation-romance of the grass landing strip and its quaint, throwback history but are they inherently more difficult to handle than pavement? Particularly, when dew covered or wet from a rain? I always imagined them as manicured as a golf fairway, but then I remembered how slippery wet fairways can be in a golf cart, driving at 20 mph, never mind landing a Cessna at four times the speed on tires roughly the same size. Ive never landed a plane on grass, but I have spun out my share of golf carts.
CosmicCruiser wrote:GalaxyFlyer wrote:Flying taildragger off grass is a whole different deal than off asphalt—the forgiveness of slipping is great.
True. My J-3 was based on grass and all the tail wheel warbirds use the grass at Duxford 95% of the time
AntonioMartin wrote:I was just wondering if there are any grass air fields with commercial airline ops....
CARST wrote:AntonioMartin wrote:I was just wondering if there are any grass air fields with commercial airline ops....
If you look not only at Europe and North America, I'm sure you will find a quite a few grass runways in the world with commercial ops. Especially in remote areas, which are only reachable by aircraft. Perhaps no scheduled pax flights, but at least commercial ops for cargo, charter and business traffic, stuff like that...
Heck, we have Barra in Scotland, where the aircraft land on the beach at low tide. Multiple times daily. Since decades...
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ ... index.html
And then there are all the gravel runways which basically turn into ice runways in Alaska and northern Canada which all see commercial ops. Even with the 737-200 to this date in 2021.
The ATR72 and 42 are certified for unpaved runways inlcuding grass runways AFAIK, so there will be some customers using these planes for such ops. Even the Pilatus PC-24 jet is certified for grass runways.
AntonioMartin wrote:Starlionblue wrote:AntonioMartin wrote:I was just wondering if there are any grass air fields with commercial airline ops....
Indonesia would like a word.
LOL...what airline is that??
flipdewaf wrote:I seem to remember with one of my instructors that when we flew in to a particular field (Full sutton) that the best course of action when taking off was to raise the nose gear off slightly ASAP on takeoff as the drag on the grass on the nose wheel was more than the additional drag from a few degrees of AoA. I seem to remember as well being told "As long as you'll make it over the hedge at the end, don't worry about climbing too much, its better to try and get some speed"
AntonioMartin wrote:trijetsonly wrote:AntonioMartin wrote:LOL...what airline is that??
Famous Susi Air
They even have an awesome TV Show.
Oh nice! Thanks for the info!!
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